Charity Spotlight: The Bradley Lowery Foundation
Each month we like to take a look at the many incredible collections that are being raised here on funeral-notices.co.uk, and pick one charity out to spotlight the brilliant work they are doing, all aided through your donations. This month we wanted to take a look at the notice for Graeme Convery of Seahouses, and the collection of over £1,400 for The Bradley Lowery Foundation.
Meet the Team - Customer Contact Team Manager
Annie manages our Customer Contact Team who handle all our Funeral Notices enquiries, and she has been with us for over six years.
When she’s not working, Annie loves spending time with family, eating out, and has a new found love of gardening after purchasing her own home. Annie came to us while studying at University to become a teacher and has stayed with us, becoming an integral part of our customer focussed team.
St. George the Dragon Slayer
Saint George is the patron saint of England. He is also patron saint of Malta & Gozo, Palestine, Portugal, Ethiopia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Canada and many others cities, regions and countries across the globe. He is probably most famous though for slaying a dragon. This story dates back to the Middle Ages when the dragon was used to symbolise evil in its simplest form. The story of Saint George and the dragon is one of the oldest tales of the triumph of good verses evil; kind of like we see in modern day culture in things like the Marvel comic film series.
5 must see films that shine a spotlight on mental health
Mental health can often be treated like the kind of taboo subject that we should only talk about in whispers behind closed doors, when in reality we should be talking about it as openly and honestly as we would talk about having any physical illness.
Here’s a list of five films that talk openly and honestly about mental health, their causes, and the effects it can have on you and those around you.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
This probably isn’t a film you would initially think of when you are exploring the topic of mental health, but really that is all this film is about. Every character is supposed to represent one stereotype or another, but under the surface you discover peer pressure, broken homes and abuse, that all add up to give our characters some real depth and substance.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
This modern classic depicts two different characters, each with their own unique mental health issues, who come together and ultimately help each other move forwards. Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a brilliant mind but suffers from depression and anxiety because of a troubled upbringing, while his therapist Sean has also been battling his own depression ever since the passing of wife. Good Will Hunting has a lot of poignant moments and some very quotable lines.
The Squid and The Whale (2005)
This film is less about a specific mental health issue, but more about the toll that something like divorce can have on a family, and especially on the children. It is surprisingly witty, brutally honest, and incredibly insightful.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Tony Stark is a billionaire, a genius, and a superhero, but underneath all that he is still human. After the events of his world saving exploits in The Avengers (2012), Tony is suffering from panic attacks and insomnia brought on by PTSD. This is not something that Disney and Marvel needed to address in a big summer blockbuster, but they did, and they did it in a way that felt natural and that lets people know that even superheroes need help sometimes.
Inside Out (2015)
This animated film from Disney Pixar is a great one to explore the idea of emotions and mental health with children. Of course the film is filled with jokes and action sequences, but it also reminds us that sadness and anger are just as natural as happiness, and we should not be afraid to acknowledge and become comfortable with our full range of emotions.
Thanks for reading, hopefully you will find something here that resonates with you, and if you have your own suggestions then please let us know in the comments below!
If you are looking for some more suggestions, then why not also take a look at a previous film blog by clicking the button below:
Meet the Team - Contact Centre Director
As part of Reach Plc, funeral-notices.co.uk have been publishing notices in local newspapers for over 100 years. With 34 years experience in the industry, Darren Minns has witnessed many changes in that time.
Darren began his career at the Hull Daily Mail after leaving school and has enjoyed every day over the last 34 years. His career began by taking a funeral notice over the phone on his first day and has progressed with the company ever since. Darren is now the Contact Centre Director overseeing Funeral Notices, Public Notices and Customer Subscriptions (print and digital) for Reach PLC.
A keen gardener, Darren enjoys spending sunny evenings and weekends in his garden. He also enjoys spending time with his family and taking their two Cocker-poos on long walks in the countryside.
What is the difference between a funeral notice, memoriam and acknowledgement (video)
What type of notice do I need?
One question we are often asked is which type of notice do I need, watch our latest bite-size video to understand the difference between a funeral notice, a memoriam and an acknowledgement notice:
Meet the Team - Account Manager
Welcome to our 'Meet the Team' blog series. It's always nice to know who you're speaking with and who is who behind the scenes of a website or business. The team behind funeral-notices.co.uk consists of Account Managers, Customer Service Advisors, Team Managers and Trainers - most of whom report to Contact Centre Director and Director of Funeral Notices, Darren Minns.
To kick off our series, we would like to introduce one of our Account Managers, Funeral Directors Relationship Manager Rob Stebbing.
Is it a legal requirement to put a death notice in the newspaper?
There are a lot of things you need to think about when a family member passes away, and it’s easy to forget which parts are an absolute necessity and which are not. Here we answer the question of whether or not you have to announce someone has passed in the newspaper.
Why does Mental Health seem to Improve in Spring?
Spring has always been associated with rebirth and growth. Trees which appear dead and bare in winter begin to blossom again, plants begin to bloom, animals and insects which disappear during the winter months start to reappear. Many people believe that the coming of spring can also lead to an improvement in our mental health.
The spring season is defined as March, April and May if you go by the meteorological calendar, or from the spring equinox (this year 20th March) to the summer solstice (1st June) when going by the astronomical calendar. Read more here.
Stress Awareness Month 2022
Stress Awareness Month has been held annually every April since 1992 to raise awareness of both the causes and cures for stress. Statistics have shown that 74% of adults in the UK have experienced stress that overwhelmed them and made them feel like they couldn’t cope.
There have been many recent events that have only added to people’s stress levels, so it’s more important than ever that we’re able to have open conversations with others who may be experiencing similar struggles.
This year’s theme for Stress Awareness Month is community. A lack of support can increase feelings of loneliness and isolation, which in turn causes stress to rise. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to mental health so people don’t feel comfortable discussing it with others. As well as causing a decline in mental health, stress can also cause or exacerbate physical issues and illnesses, so it should be taken seriously.